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P. 2017: Top Thrill Dragster RETIRED!?!?!?

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It's been three years since I've last been to Cedar Point, and I hardly remember every single ride experience that I had in 2010. So, for July 2nd-4th my family and friends went out to Cedar Point for the holiday to ride the coasters and take in the park. After a dull 7 hour drive in the rain, we finally arrived!

 

In total, the three days there were great, albeit some showers on the Fourth. We got to ride every single ride that we wanted to, got into the park early, visited the water park, and even ate at Famous Dave's in the marina. Below I've included each coaster in alphabetical order with the number of times ridden in parenthesis. I've also added some commentary, and then a final review at the bottom!

 

Blue Streak (2) - This classic woodie still gives a great ride! The hills are all full of negative G's and floater airtime, and each valley pushes you right into your seat. After 49 years, Blue Streak still gives the same feeling a modern wooden coaster does. I hope to see this ride stick around for many more years to come, as it truly is an iconic ride for the park itself. Very rickety, but very fun.

 

Cedar Creek Mine Ride (2-3) - Man, does this thing lean! The whole structure moves a good foot when you're watching it off ride. But, it's a great starter coaster for kids. To me it feels a lot like a wild mouse in the curvy parts after each lift hill, then kicks into gear once you drop off down to the water below. It's still fun! (even though I'm in brace position the entire ride...)

 

Corkscrew (1) - Another classic and iconic attraction for the park. I'm not very large (5'9"), but I had a hard time fitting into this ride and the mine ride above. Transitions into the inversions felt kind of jerky, and the corkscrews were full of "whoa's!" from the group. Only one ride was necessary for this one; we can say we rode it. It seems to be overshadowed by it's bigger brothers, but it still manages to have long waits on occasion.

 

GateKeeper (5) - I have never ridden a B&M Wing Coaster before, so GateKeeper was my first experience with the wing-over drop and the whole type of wing ride. LOVE IT. It's a very neat idea, and also terrifying to be inverted 170 ft. in the air and hanging out of your seat! I loved every second of it. The Immelman actually offers airtime pulling out of it if seated on the left side, the camel back hill does indeed have airtime, and the flat spin is great on both sides. It really feels like you're sitting on the wing of an airplane. The keyhole zero-g part of the ride is so disorienting and it's all a blur. It goes by so fast your brain doesn't have time to process what's happening! The second zero-g near the towers is much easier to process because you take it so slow, and the hangtime coupled with the towers seeming to hit your head/feet is exceptional. The ending to the ride is kind of dull, but the helix offers a close call with the ground on the left side.

 

Overall, the left side definitely trumps the right side. The entire experience seems to be better when taken from the left.

 

Two, when I rode GK in the back right, the vibration was BAD--perhaps worse than I've ever experienced on a B&M before.

When riding in the fourth row on the left side the vibration was really apparent on every single low point of the ride. Anytime we headed downward toward the ground and then back up again, the whole car rattled, and your head felt like it was being shaken up and down like a little kid with a snow globe. Didn't have this rattling in row 2, 3, 6, and 7 on the other rides taken on GateKeeper.

 

I'm sure many will be happy to know this:

 

Gatekeeper's restraints are slowly being modified one by one so that the vest does not lock anymore. I'm not sure which ones are already adjusted and which aren't, but it will eventually be all of them.

 

Happy Thursday!

My brother won a front of the line pass for GateKeeper via the Plinko game (he also won another front of the line pass for Millennium; he has all the luck in the family) so we rode in row 2 of the reddish train last night around 11:00 after the fireworks. The restrain didn't hurt nor push down like it did on the four rides before then! Maybe that train was the first one to be modified? I remember screaming "It doesn't hurt!" on the airtime hill and thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the ride.

 

Overall, GK is a great addition to the park. Cannot wait to go back to ride this one again, and hope we get more in the states on the eastern seaboard.

 

Gemini (4-5) - These racers are really fun! I didn't expect as much airtime as the ride had, but the back and front rows of each car can be a little jarring. The middle is much more comfortable. I suggest front car, middle row on either train. The airtime you get on each hill is amplified from the train pushing you over each one! Good fun with little to no wait!

 

Iron Dragon (1) - Iron draggin...it's a slow Arrow that is everything that Big Bad Wolf wasn't. My brother thinks it's the s**t and he's 14, and I think it's slow and old. However, since this coaster is a dying breed I can see why they keep it around. It's a good starter for younger ones, and it's great-looking finale over the water is fun to watch.

 

Magnum XL-200 (6-7) - Magnum is a true airtime classic! The last assortment of hills that end the ride are so awesome, and night rides are a MUST for this ride. You can't tell where the tunnels end or begin, when you're going to crest over any hill, or what is even going on! A great ride that's full of fun and forces. We laughed so hard on this one that one of us almost peed our pants.

 

Mantis (2) - Oh boy, the trims were off of this one. I remember riding Mantis back in '10 and hating it, but riding in row 4 one evening the ride surprised me. It was forceful, but not too overbearing, and the little "airtime" you get just before hitting the break run is really cool. However, it's a headbanger at moments; my ears were red and warm after riding the first time. The second time we rode we were in row 2, and man, I was blacking out on every single inversion. The loop was all stars, the dive loop grey, the incline loop a blur, and some turns I got so dizzy I don't remember it. If you're looking for insane forces, ride in row 2 is all I can say.

 

Maverick (2) - This ride really is "wild". It's very whippy and full of quick, fast transitions that either pin you down or throw you out. The first drop is spectacular, only to then be slammed into your seat and thrown around a bit before being thrown out again! A true beauty among Intamin blitz coasters. The only negative about it is the restrains - I don't like Intamin restrains only for the fact that this specific type tightens as the ride progresses. Fahrenheit has the same issue. But, it's worth bearing the pain for!

 

Mean Streak (1) - I was anticipating a back-beating on this one, but Mean Streak turned out to be much more smooth than I remember! It still has a wooden coaster feel with that out-of-control, constantly shaking ride, but much better than the last time. An improvement!

 

Millennium Force (4) - This is the best ride in Cedar Point, hands down. Every single moment of Millennium Force my hands were up, and riding towards the back of the train is much better than the front. Nighttime rides are also a must on this one since almost the whole ride is in darkness. It's indescribable! A true work of Intamin perfection.

 

Raptor (1) - I love me a B&M Invert, and Raptor lives up to the type. It's full of positive G's and dizzying helixes, and I'm sad I only got to ride it once. It left me with a bit of a headache, but it's so great that the headache was entirely worth the flight. This one's a keeper!

 

Top Thrill Dragster (2) - Speed is the main focus on this ride. It goes so fast and is over so fast that the experience is hard to remember in it's entirety. What strikes me the most is the acceleration - you think you're at 120 mph, but you just keep getting faster and faster to the point where the track and the sky are so shaky the meld into one, and the next thing you know you're looking at Millennium Force far away and 100 ft. below where you are. It's a pure adrenaline rush. Riding the Dragster at night is much more thrilling than during the daytime too! The only thing that scares me about this ride is how much it moves. Both of the base track (incline and decline) sway back and forth, and while in line for Magnum I noticed the whole tower swayed. No more rides on Dragster for me after that!

Wicked Twister (0) - I was bummed this ride was down all three days we were there. Anyone know why?

 

All in all, it was a very successful and fun trip! Start in the back of the park and work your way toward the front, and by mid-afternoon the lines for GK and Raptor are around 15-30 minutes. If you have early entry and are staying on CP property, take advantage of it! We rode Millennium Force one morning and were allowed right into the line once stepping of the train via a gate to the main line; use the beach entrance and not the one by Magnum to get there faster. Skyhawk is much better than maXair, and WindSeeker is terrifyingly high and fast. Also, be sure to use lockers for stuff before trying to get in line for GK, TTD, and MF. Attendants will stop you before you get in line, so save the trip of walking to and from the entrance. Be prepared for bugs EVERYWHERE too! If anyone has any questions about the trip feel free to ask.

 

And yes, Cedar Point truly is the best amusement park in the world!

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^^I would not worry about the track moving/swaying on the coasters as that is a normal occurrence. At my home park, Knott's, you can see the top of Xcelerator sway a good amount from the lack of supports and Jaguar's track moving when the train passes by.

 

(Obviously, a lot of swaying is not a good thing, such as what's happening to Astrotower.)

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While I've been to King's ISland 1,000 times, I never made it to Cedar point until recently. July 3rd and 4th was my third visit and one where i finally had two days to ride everything numerous times. On my first visit to Cedar Point I discovered TTD and then rode it 6 times the entire day and rode nothing else lol. I then joined TPR and went coaster crazy. Second visit was Gatekeeper media day so only select rides were operating. This time I had two entire days and fast pass plus. I had a hard time deciding what my favorite coaster was. Great park. Friendly staff. Wonderful time!

 

Raptor 9.5/10 - The best B&M invert ever. Fun and fierce from start to finish. Has the best B&M "roar" of all the ones i've ridden. It seems to be a people eater too and the line is always short.

 

Maverick: 7/10 - I love the twisty's and 95-degree first drop. The second launch goes immediately into a brake run which is kind of lame to me. The restraints are strange and they make women remove ear rings to ride it. I learned to stick my head out beyond them and then did not have to ride defensively. Has a couple of launcher air hills that were great! The theming is nice with this one.

 

Gatekeeper 8.5/10 - It is a beautiful ride, it's very graceful in it's movements and it's very quiet. (It's filled with sand, is it not?) Adds a huge WOW factor at the entrance to the park. People just stand out front with their mouths open watching it all day! It's lights are awesome even though they half work. I rode it on media day many times. It's a little rougher now in the rear outer seats than it was in April. I've read comments of people say it's running faster now than when we rode it on media day. It feels the same speed to me. The restraints still try to kill you.

 

Mantis 1.5/10 - Painful. Shame on B&M for making this torture device. It's like being in a boxing match. Rode once, never again.

 

Millennium Force 7.5/10 - It's a good ride. Fast and smooth.It's over hyped a whole bunch. Rob Alvey sums it up best when he says "i305 eats Millennium Force and craps it all over Cedar Point".

 

Cedar Creek Mine Ride 7/10 - I love Arrow rides. This one is smooth and is arranged nicely. It's family oriented i suppose.I really liked it. A lot

 

Corkscrew 6.5 /10 - Arrow invert and a good one. Very short ride but you see where all the Arrow loopers got their zing in the 80's...from Corkscrew.

 

Top Thrill Dragster - 8.5 /10 INTENSE! I love the view at the top. I amaze that people will wait 3 hours for a 17 second ride and then go right back into line to ride again. That means it's a winner. TTD is a winner. It operated sporadically both days.

 

Magnum XL-200 - 9.0 / 10. An Arrow hyper coaster! (The only?) First drop is great! The bunny hop hills at the end are serious! With no seatbelt it could launch a child 20ft in the air i bet! I love Arrow stuff.

 

Iron Dragon - 6.5/10. Arrow suspended! It feels about the same speed as the Bat but with very minimal swinging. Really, really tame. I hated it first but then it made me remember the Bat because it feels like the Bat! A winner!

 

Blue Streak 5/10 - It was an OK woody. I don't have much opinion on it.

 

Wicked Twister - It was not operating either day. A shame. No credit for me.

 

Mean Streak - 7/10 - It is a pretty good woody. It's a bit rough in spots. It smells like grease, i like that. Dinn Corp never really came close to making another Beast.

 

Gemini - 6/.5 /10 - Another Arrow. I never realized Cedar Pint had an entire fleet of Arrow coasters. It's a fun one.

 

In closing. Cedar Point rules! I'm glad it's only several hours away from me.

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^ Wicked Twister is still down today..I was also wondering what's going on cause having V2 (the neutered version) at my home park I really want to ride the real thing in WT. Hope it's nothing long term.

Whatever it was, it's back open today.

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I'm sure many will be happy to know this:

 

Gatekeeper's restraints are slowly being modified one by one so that the vest does not lock anymore. I'm not sure which ones are already adjusted and which aren't, but it will eventually be all of them.

 

Happy Thursday!

 

 

Interesting and good to hear. I was at the park Wednesday for a quick pit stop on my way to Michigan's Adventure and got the dreaded restraint lock on the back left seat. Didn't happen when I rode it three weeks ago in the front left and fifth right. The old collar bone was definitely hurting (and still is a bit tender) from Wednesday's ride. The good part was that the line was only 10 minutes long!

 

We thought we might be able to breeze through the park and hit all of the major coasters with minimal wait. GK, MaxAir and Windeeker were all less than 10 minute waits, but when we got back to MF and Maverick, they were both close to one hour. We skipped both of those and walked on Magnum before heading out.

 

Saw that Skyhawk was running, albeit only one side. The line was long for that as well as it seemed like most of the masses were at the back of the park on that evening, or at least during the time we were there.

 

Stopped by on the way back home yesterday and did the water park for a couple of hours. It seemed like they were shutting the coasters down quite a bit because of showers and clouds in the area. Never heard any rumbles of thunder or saw any lightning, but the showers were apparently just enough to shut most of the coasters down. I did find it interesting that they were still running Power Tower and Windseeker!

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Hi pple,

 

I am from Singapore, worked in Carowinds for the summer of 2010.

And since then, fell in love with coasters.

 

Come this 18th - 19th July, i am planning a trip to CP.

As i am travelling alone, i am looking to meet friends who are heading there on the same dates.

My objective is simple: Clear all the coasters in 2 days.

 

Draft Itinerary

Land in Chicago, rent car to drive to Sandusky?

Thinking of booking hotel in CP itself, any intro?

2 days in CP.

 

Any tips and recommendations are appreciated.

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Hey all, I have quick question. Is there any real breakfast buffets/restaurants on-point? I don't eat usually in the morning so I have no clue but I'm going with family and they want breakfast... I know about the McDonalds but they don't want to get in the car. Staying at the Sandcastle btw. Thanks, Joel.

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Hey all, I have quick question. Is there any real breakfast buffets/restaurants on-point? I don't eat usually in the morning so I have no clue but I'm going with family and they want breakfast... I know about the McDonalds but they don't want to get in the car. Staying at the Sandcastle btw. Thanks, Joel.

 

Perkins inside Breakers. Breakwater Cafe has a buffet and is right next to Sandcastle. I can't speak for that at breakfast but I thought their dinner service was crap. There's also a small donut/bagel shop in Breakers that sells defrosted baked goods.

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Hey all, I have quick question. Is there any real breakfast buffets/restaurants on-point? I don't eat usually in the morning so I have no clue but I'm going with family and they want breakfast... I know about the McDonalds but they don't want to get in the car. Staying at the Sandcastle btw. Thanks, Joel.

 

I stayed in sandcastle for my two previous visits to the point and last time we had breakfast at the buffet right next to it. The food was terrible, I don't think I've ever had a worse breakfast somewhere before I defiantly wouldn't recommend it.

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Last night I had a chance to ride in a modified seat on Gatekeeper, and I'll say...SO MUCH BETTER. I had no soreness after the ride at all. If anyone's interested, I do know of two seats that have been changed already; Gold train, right side, rows 2 and 4 outside seats. I'm sure there are others I'm not aware of, but try those first if you want to experience it.

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In all honesty i'm not one for rumors, considering my home park, Darien Lake has waaaay to many of them floating around all the time and most of them are false anyways. Maybe the positioning of the new video cam and the logo tease go hand in hand?

 

In other news, I went to Cedar Point for the 4th of July and there ended up being a few storms which led to some problems on the towering Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster. I waited an hour and a half to ride the Dragster and when i was 4 trains away from riding, an operator felt a single drip of rain and the ride shut down for what i believe was at least 3 hours. I can't say for sure being that I left immediately after, but also I saw multiple empty trains with ongoing rollbacks after it closed. Also the Millennium Force operators were very slow at points of operation. They were constantly closing the ride down to switch out trains and/or add/remove trains for well over an hour and due to some heavy looking clouds, they shut down the ride for about 10 minutes, twice. The closing down due to the clouds I didn't mind as much as how they were constantly wasting time to switch trains. the "Best Steel Roller Coaster in the World" should at least have a ride operators team that knows what they're doing. I went on Mantis and Raptor right before GateKeeper in chronological order via Circas of the rides, and it was really interesting to feel the differences from '94 to '96 and then '13 all from 3 different types of B&M coasters. I admit I didn't like the Mantis sending all my weight to my legs, it did hurt alot to the point where I lifted my legs up to avoid the situation, Raptor was phenomenal! Never have I been on an inverted coaster with such power! and gateKeeper was amazing because:

1) I went on during the 4th of July Fireworks

2) The line was literally 5 minutes long

3) the views of sandusky from the ride were spectacular

4) It was anticipated since last august

 

The lighting problem with GateKeeper was disappointing though with the LEDs being some on, some off, and the Keyholes not living up to par with Power Tower, WIndSeeker, Giant Wheel and Millennium Force's Lighting packages. But overall it was a good ride.

 

Maverick closed down for a while for a slight Down pour but as always it was worth the wait, Mean Streak was alot smoother than other Wooden Style rides I've been on with the exception of Blue Streak and Power Tower gave a good ride even though I have heard some negative critisism about the ride from other threads. Anyways, Thats all I have to blabber about Cedar Point. Still a Great park and it has Great memories. I look forward to my next visit.

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I have finally been able to go to Cedar Point after years and years of putting it off.

 

First off, I did not realize just how close this park is to Baltimore. It only took me 6.5 hours to get there and I thought it would take about 8 hours.

 

Driving up to the park my first impression was completely amazed. The skyline of this park is simply beautiful. I know this park can get really crowded so I was expecting it to be chaos getting in and our of the parking lot. However, I was pleasantly surprised as how easy and efficient everything was. The entrance is beautiful. I was surprised not to see any metal detectors and/or bag checks. Every other Cedar Fair park I have been to has both. I was also able to take my outside drinks in every day I was there. Maybe I just got lucky, not sure.

 

I am not someone who is picky with a park having shade and/or trees. I simply enjoy when a park is clean and tidy. This park was both extremely clean and tidy. Walking around for the 2.5 days I was there I continuously saw people sweeping up trash and things. I loved how on the side of the park where Gatekeeper, Wicked Twister, and Magnum are I felt like I was in an a well taken care of amusement park. Than on the other side where the water rides are I felt like I was in the middle of the woods in a very old town.

 

The operations were amazing! They had train after train in and out so fast! I have never been to a park that has so many coasters running 3 or more trains on so many rides before. It makes me think why can't other parks do this? Also I noticed they would dispatch the next train before the last one made it to the break run. Again, this makes me wonder why so many other parks do not/can not do this? Many of the staff were literally running on the station to check restraints. This is awesome customer service in my opinion. We did purchase the Fast Lane Plus for Friday and it sure did come in handy. At one point Gatekeeper had a 3 hour wait and we waited about 15-20 minutes. Also many of the other coasters has at least 1.5 hour waits from about 11:30 till closing.

 

Rides:

 

Blue Streak - such a classic coaster. I was expecting it to be rough but it was not. I loved the back row on this. I could not stay off of it.

 

Cedar Creek Mine Ride - Very rough coaster in my opinion. Not worth more than one ride.

 

Corkscrew - One of my faves in the park. To me this is a classic.

 

Gatekeeper - I have never been on this type of coaster before this trip. I was not sure what to expect. The restraints were very comfortable. Why can't they replace all SLC's with this version? lol I love the initial flip at the top and the first drop. After that honestly, I was not that thrilled. It is a fun coaster and we rode it several times but it was not my favorite in the park.

 

Gemini - I LOVE this coaster!!! I love the lay out and that it is not rough at all - at least in my opinion. I also enjoyed that so many people played along with reaching out to the other train. My favorite drop is near the middle of the ride.

 

Iron Dragon - boring, that is all.

 

Magnum - Very rough in the back. Minus the helix in the back it reminds me of Steel Force at Dorney just much more rough. I do love how it goes out away from the main park and travels through the water park. It would have been neat for it to go out over the water.

 

Mantis - I was in the last row in a middle seat. I had NO head banging. However, my friend was on the end seat and got a massive head ache from this. I wanted to ride again and again. This is now my favorite stand up coaster.

 

Maverick - My second favorite coaster in the park. I LOVE the layout. I was not expecting such a small coaster to pack such an awesome punch. The very quick jolts make this coaster amazing for me. Once we went under the station and it slowed I was not expecting such a fast propel. The element it does under the first drop is my favorite part.

 

Mean Streak - Such a massive structure. In my opinion it is a beautiful coaster to look at it. It "looks" intimidating and that is what I like about it. I rode near the front in case the back was too rough. It started off well and I liked it. Once it got to the second half it was quite boring. The end was the worst. However, I do see this as a awesome coaster for people who are trying to transfer to bigger rides. The drops are not steep and the speed is an enjoyable one.

 

Millennium Force - In my opinion this coaster is the parks crown jewel. This is my favorite coaster in this park by far. I LOVE the lay out a lot. My first ride was in the back seat and I loved being drug over the lift hill. I also rode at night in the front seat - sheer epicness in my opinion.

 

Raptor - This is a fun suspended coaster but nothing spectacular to me. I only rode once. I still prefer Talon or Alphengiest.

 

Top Thrill Dragster - Extremely fun coaster - way better at night. I am still a Kingda Ka fan boy though.

 

Wicked Twister - Nothing special - moving on...

 

The only downfall I saw was the rain policy. One rain drop falls and EVERY coaster closes. I have NEVER seen that before. I have been to so many parks in the rain and as long as there is no lightning and/or thunder and the rain is not hard the rides stay open. Corkscrew even closed for "weather" and the sun was out! We were confused by that.

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^I enjoyed reading your trip report, I also just made it to CP for the first time in June. Let's compare notes! In general I was also super impressed with the park's operations, cleanliness, and atmosphere (that one being a big surprise considering who owns the place). And the skyline is insanely awesome... to me it was like walking up to Cinderella's castle in Disney World.

 

Blue Streak - such a classic coaster. I was expecting it to be rough but it was not. I loved the back row on this. I could not stay off of it.

 

I agree! I loved it. It's definitely the best classic wooden coaster I've been on outside of Knoebels.

 

Cedar Creek Mine Ride - Very rough coaster in my opinion. Not worth more than one ride.

 

Corkscrew - One of my faves in the park. To me this is a classic.

 

Weird! Switch these two around and you'd have my thoughts practically verbatim. CCMR was easily the best mine train coaster I've been on, I loved the hard laterals, the helix finale, the nice long layout, the lovely setting. Corkscrew hurt my neck.

 

Gatekeeper - I have never been on this type of coaster before this trip. I was not sure what to expect. The restraints were very comfortable. Why can't they replace all SLC's with this version? lol I love the initial flip at the top and the first drop. After that honestly, I was not that thrilled. It is a fun coaster and we rode it several times but it was not my favorite in the park.

 

I wonder if they've done something about the restraints since I rode it. The whole ride I felt like I had a heavy weight on my chest, by the time we were waiting on the final brake run I could only take short, shallow breaths. I'd take having my thighs crushed over feeling like I have to fight the restraints to breath. Totally took me out of the experience. Other than that, I agree, first flip awesome, after that, nothing special.

 

Magnum - Very rough in the back. Minus the helix in the back it reminds me of Steel Force at Dorney just much more rough. I do love how it goes out away from the main park and travels through the water park. It would have been neat for it to go out over the water.

 

Magnum is a lot like Steel Force, except better in every way IMO. I loved the roughness, and the bunny hops during the second half were everything SF's second half wishes it was. The only thing I prefer about Steel Force is the helix, I think it's a much more exciting turnaround. Other than that, Magnum is basically my perfect coaster.

 

I have a totally unrelated question. People often talk about wanting CP to build out onto the lake. I'm just wondering if this is even possible. I know they don't own the lake and probably wouldn't be allowed for legal reasons, but I mean physically speaking, from an engineering standpoint, would it even be possible to build a coaster out over the lake, with supports that go all the way down to the bottom? I imagine that lake gets really deep really quick, and you'd have to dig really deep to secure the supports in something that isn't sand or mud.

 

Mantis - I was in the last row in a middle seat. I had NO head banging. However, my friend was on the end seat and got a massive head ache from this. I wanted to ride again and again. This is now my favorite stand up coaster.

 

Ug.

 

Maverick - My second favorite coaster in the park. I LOVE the layout. I was not expecting such a small coaster to pack such an awesome punch. The very quick jolts make this coaster amazing for me. Once we went under the station and it slowed I was not expecting such a fast propel. The element it does under the first drop is my favorite part.

 

This was my third favorite, though I had hoped it would become my new favorite ride. What I loved about it was how different it was from every other CP coaster, and just about every other coaster I've ever ridden. But overall, I think it's quite possibly overrated. I wouldn't say the ride is "one note" exactly, but ultimately I don't get much out of twisting back and forth and back and forth, which is mostly what this ride does, with the exception of two (count 'em! two!) airtime hills. I prefer Skyrush's layout, which is more like "twist, airtime, twist, airtime, twist, twist, airtime" rather than "twist, twist, twist, twist..."

 

Mean Streak - Such a massive structure. In my opinion it is a beautiful coaster to look at it. It "looks" intimidating and that is what I like about it. I rode near the front in case the back was too rough. It started off well and I liked it. Once it got to the second half it was quite boring. The end was the worst. However, I do see this as a awesome coaster for people who are trying to transfer to bigger rides. The drops are not steep and the speed is an enjoyable one.

 

To me it was dull from start to finish. I totally disagree that it would be a good coaster for people transferring to bigger rides. It isn't very fast or intense, but it is rough (normal wooden roughness), and it isn't fun. If I wanted to get someone on a bigger ride, I'd say "Let's ride Raptor and I'll hold your hand", then they'll have a blast and want to go on more. I wouldn't do it with a ride they probably won't enjoy.

 

Millennium Force - In my opinion this coaster is the parks crown jewel. This is my favorite coaster in this park by far. I LOVE the lay out a lot. My first ride was in the back seat and I loved being drug over the lift hill. I also rode at night in the front seat - sheer epicness in my opinion.

 

AGREED. Except I like Magnum a little more. But besides that, AGREED.

 

Raptor - This is a fun suspended coaster but nothing spectacular to me. I only rode once. I still prefer Talon or Alphengiest.

 

I loved Raptor, mostly because BM inverts are generally my favorite kind of inverting coaster (Maverick is a rare exception). They always feel more intense for some reason, and never any headbanging. But THANK YOU for saying Talon is better!! I thought I was the only person who believed this. Talon is totally underrated, what does Raptor have that Talon doesn't, besides slower pacing?

 

Top Thrill Dragster - Extremely fun coaster - way better at night. I am still a Kingda Ka fan boy though.

 

I'm not a huge fan of either of them, but I prefer TTD purely for its placement in the park.

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